SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN, AND CULTURAL COMMITTEE


Topic A: Considering Systems of Reintegration for Ex-Prisoners
Topic B: The Proliferation of Counterfeit Medication
Bradley Smith

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) at ILMUNC XXXV! My name is Bradley, and it is my distinct pleasure to be your chair for what is sure to be four crazy days of spirited debate, clause writing, merging drama, and new friendships. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this iteration of ILMUNC the best yet, so I hope that you are as excited for the weekend of January 31st as I am.

To tell you a little bit about myself, I’m originally from Southern California’s Huntington Beach. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in Finance and Management under the Wharton School. 2018 will be mark my 7th year as a Model UN delegate, advisor, and chair traveling to conferences throughout the United States and abroad. In fact, ILMUNC will mark my 41st MUN conference. Outside of MUN, I really enjoy photography, trying new foods, and hiking.

This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda. This will be my third time chairing at UPMUNC. Topic A addresses the pressing issue of illicit trade. Any resolution passed on this topic will have broader implications for determining the rightful governments of states in regulating these trades. Topic B considers the implications of tools such as microfinance to empower impoverished citizens to become self-sustainable. Delegates must address a broad range of humanitarian and socioeconomic issues related to self-sufficiency. In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to build novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. My hope is that all of you will research further than you have ever researched so that you may reach your full MUN potentials. I’m looking for solutions that are so innovative and original, you could send them to the UN right after the conference.

If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Under-Secretary General, Ashley, or to Shaina and myself. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you in January!

Sincerely,

Bradley Smith

Chair, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Shaina Zafar

Dear Delegates,

My name is Shaina Zafar and it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to ILMUNC 35! I, along with our chair, Bradley, am truly looking forward to a wonderful weekend of substantive debate and critical solutions from everyone in committee.

To introduce myself, I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to pursue International Relations. I was born in Brooklyn but spent time growing up in Canada before coming back to New York and attending high school in Long Island. Model UN has been a part of my life since middle school and has continued on into my college experience. Currently, I am a member of Penn’s competitive Model UN team, Intercol, and enjoy debating on the collegiate circuit. Outside of the world of MUN, I am a part of Penn’s Undergraduate Assembly and Muslim Students Association. In my free time, you can probably find me eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or cooking eggs at 3 AM.

This Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee focuses on preserving human rights and implementing fundamental freedoms, which is why all delegates are expected to respect national sovereignty, follow country policy, and maintain diplomacy within the given topics. SOCHUM is the committee at the cornerstone of defending human lives with policies of practicality and innovation. Throughout debate, keep in mind the goals of not only SOCHUM but the United Nations, as seen through the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Bradley and I, along with the incredible ILMUNC team have been working endlessly behind the scenes to make not only this committee but the entire conference an unforgettable experience for all of our delegates. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Bradley. I am excited to see what this committee will bring and look forward to a memorable time to at the conference!

Sincerely,

Shaina Zafar

Moderator, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference